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Prepare to be the belle of the ball

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Your social calendar is about to get rather busy over the Christmas period, so how can you prepare your hair and body to feel sensational at every event? Robyn Moore shows us how

The fake-tan

A tan can instantly make you look more radiant and defined and with fake tan solutions developing all the time, you don’t have to be orange, streaky or wake up to a horrible fake tan smell any more.

The key to a successful fake tan is:

  • Always use a fake tan mitt to avoid being left with orange hands and to distribute the lotion more evenly
  • Ensure your skin is exfoliated and moisturised the day before to create an even texture
  • Do not apply deodorant or perfume prior to tanning
  • Leave the tan to develop overnight
  • Never fake tan straight after a hot bath or shaving because your pores are still open. It will make the tan spotty or the pores will become irritated

If you are not brave enough to tan alone then book a professional spray tan two days before your event.

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Matte black nail varnish £2.99, and quick dry mist £1.99, from New Look

Nails

Dark nails are in for winter so think dark purples, black and dark greys. Add a modern twist to your nails and buy a matte-look varnish.

If your nails don’t hold nail varnish for long enough, then book yourself in for gel-nail varnish. I recently had my nails painted with gel-nail varnish at the House of Beauty in Shifnal and it lasted for two weeks, perfectly low maintenance for the party season.

If you are using acrylic nails then avoid technicians who use electric drills and files on your nails, you will be left with sore nail beds with broken and thin nails after they are removed.

Eyelashes

False eyelashes are a must for the party season, not only do they enhance your lashes, they give the illusion of a wider eye.

Always have a practice so you know how to apply the strips and cut them down to the right size for your eyes.

False eyelashes can transition your day look into an evening look flawlessly. Always throw your glue into your clutch bag just in case one comes lose throughout the night.

Hair

If you are pushed for time and can’t fit in a professional blowdry then don’t panic, follow these simple rules to gorgeous hair.

  • Once you have washed your hair apply a blowdry lotion or an oil to keep hair smooth.
  • Always use your nozzle on the end of your hairdryer. The direct air flow is designed to keep your hair cuticle lying flat in the correct direction so your hair appears smooth and healthy.
  • Don’t go too adventurous, you will spend more time trying to flatten the extra curly curls or brushing out extreme back-combing. Play it safe but spend more time on perfecting it.
  • Always use a hairspray to fix your style, even if it is a light spray… Hair needs fixing in this weather.
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Ardell false eyelashes with glue, Boots, £5.49

Fragrance

Never mix too many perfumes and don’t over spray. Once you have sprayed your body and garments add a spritz to your hair by holding your arm up directly above your head and letting the fragrance particles fall down on your hair.

Always take a fragrance in your bag but try and buy a smaller bottle or a roll-on so you won’t be too heart-broken when you realise you have lost you £60 bottle of perfume.

Lips

The night before your event, brush your lips lightly with your toothbrush or exfoliating wash and apply a thick covering of Vaseline to wake up with soft lips which are lipstick ready.

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Primark

 

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Vegan Beauty

Robyn Moore finds out how a vegan lifestyle affects your beauty regime

I have worked in the hair and beauty industry for eight years and have used thousands of skin care products, hair colour and make-up on my clients but I have never experienced using vegan-friendly products.

With the number of people turning vegan rapidly increasing every year I’ve educated myself on the cosmetics and products available for this lifestyle choice. After discovering the benefits which comes with a vegan life, I think all stylists and beauticians need to be educated on what products can be used and why.

According to the experts at The Vegan Society online, a vegan avoids products which have exploited or are cruel to animals. Which means no leather and no cosmetics that are tested on animals.

As I started to investigate which products are tested on animals I was shocked by how many of my everyday products are made as a result of animal cruelty.

Jimmy Pierson, spokesman for The Vegan Society, told me: “When shopping, look out for our vegan trademark, the sunflower symbol. This means that we have checked all the ingredients and processes and confirm they do not contain any animal products and have not been tested on animals.

“There’s simply no need for the use of animal products. More plant-based, synthetic and mineral ingredients are becoming increasingly effective in cosmetics. For example, natural pigments and dyes like beetroot can quite easily replace the need for cochineal (crushed beetles) and we are seeing plant-based waxes and oils replace beeswax much more often now.”

PHB Ethical Beauty is an online family business based in Birmingham. They sell a range of award-winning ethical beauty products which include natural, vegan, animal cruelty free and halal certified beauty products. They even have a men’s range.

I was lucky enough to try out some of these products and they are brilliant. Using these products is affordable, productive and makes you feel like you are making a difference. I would highly recommend the following:

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Body wash for men, PHB Ethical Beauty, £11.95

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Gentle gel serum with organic aloe and sweet almond, PHB Ethical Beauty, £17.95

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Moisturiser, with shea butter and apricot, PHB Ethical Beauty, £16.95

 

www.phbethicalbeauty.co.uk

The Body Shop has vegans sorted with its nail polish range:

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Nail varnish, from £5 at The Body Shop.

“Our nail polish comes in a range of feel-good shades to suit every mood. Including vegan and vegetarian-friendly polishes designed to keep hands looking beautiful. Our nail-loving formulas are quick-dry, high gloss and come in a plethora of colours inspired by nature.”

www.thebodyshop.com

 

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Ageless beauty

It’s certainly no surprise that your hair and skin changes as you progress through your life, but do you know how to transition your techniques to give your complexion what it needs? Robyn Moore shares the secrets

Your hair

No matter what your age I always recommend having your hair coloured and cut by professionals. Stylists know how to colour your hair without drying it out or over-processing the colour, which will prevent damage. They also know which style will compliment your face shape and which shade and tone suits your skin tone.

Every stylist should have a full consultation with you prior to commencing the service, if they fail to do this then ensure you ask for one. Without a consultation, it is highly unlikely you will walk out of the salon with what you had walked in wanting.

Take stylists’ advice because they know what suits you but use inspiration images to show them the look you are aiming for, after all, no one knows your style more than you.

Teens

As a teenager your hair looks better with a soft natural ombre (lighter ends) or sun-kissed highlights rather than a drastic change from your natural colour – choosing a colour too far away from your natural depth can look too artificial and hair will appear dry and unhealthy.

Teens don’t often have the disposable income to spend on maintaining their colour every six weeks so the more natural the colour the more unnoticeable the regrowth will be.

‘The Club 18 to 30’

The age group that is most likely to have hair extensions… so what do you need to know?

Never go too long with your hair extensions, it’s the extra weight which can cause tension on the hair resulting in hair loss.

There are lots of different methods out there, including tape hair, micro bead weft, weaves, micro bond and clip-in weft. Research the methods so you fully understand the process. If you think hair extensions can be washed and left to dry, think again. If you have hair extensions expect to add an extra 20 minutes on to your drying time.

Hair extensions can look amazing but they can also look awful – to get the best result choose a hair stylist who can show you their previous work.

The 30 -50 age group

Don’t be afraid to try something new, trends change and sometimes we can get stuck in our comfort zone but keeping your style fresh and changing the tone in your hair as you progress in life can keep you looking youthful.

If you want to disguise grey, go lighter. Adding a few lighter foils through your hair will help scatter the regrowth line and your greys will appear subtler in between colour services.

Over 50s

Your hair texture will start to change and become coarse, this is a natural part of the aging process. Embrace it and have a textures cut which will work for your hair.

If you have embraced your natural colour then have the occasional T-section of foils put through your hair to give it dimension.

Your skin

No matter what age you are, it is important you identify your skin type to provide it with the ingredients it needs to be beautiful. Your skin type may change frequently so change your products according to your needs.

The Teens

Your skin can be very unpredictable as a teen. Hormones are going crazy and it can be hard for teenagers to understand why their skin doesn’t look the same as the models they follow on social media – the models with a make-up artist and several stylists on standby.

Here are some top tips to master the beauty regime as a teen.

– Spot prone skin: opt for facial products which contain tea tree to help fight blemishes. For the bigger break outs, apply a small swab of Listerine mouth wash at night to help dry it out.

– Dry skin: use a light moisturiser. Anything too rich will lead teenage skin to break out or become greasy.

– Greasy skin: exfoliate at least twice a week on top of the daily cleansing. Apply a toner after your cleansing session in the evening.

Eyebrows

Parents have asked me, when should my daughter start getting their eyebrows waxed? I didn’t discover eyebrow shaping until I was 17 (thanks mum!).

I think that as soon as you feel ready to have an eyebrow shape then you should go for it. Always have a professional wax your eyebrows to ensure you don’t take too much away.

I have heard clients say that when you start waxing or plucking your eyebrows more hair grows back. This is just not true, if anything it will destroy the follicle over time which will stop growing a hair.

‘Club 18 to 30’

Thankfully your skin starts to settle down from the unpredictable teenage years.

The perfect regime: Cleanse your skin morning and night. Apply moisturiser before bed and exfoliate twice a week.

The 30 to 50 group

Don’t neglect your skin, you may not get break outs anymore but it is important to continue to exfoliate your skin twice a week to keep fine lines away and use a rich moisturiser to give your skin the hydration It needs.

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Stay radiant with a hydrating oil.

You may find you cut down your exfoliating because skin can become more delicate but ensure you keep up your cleansing regime, but opt for a milder solution.

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Simple kind to skin purifying cleansing lotion 200ml (no perfume, no colour), Boots, £3.45

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Superdrug Tea Tree Cleanser & Toner with Tea Tree oil, Peppermint oil and Aloe vera, £3.29.

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Try this hybrid product which combines the benefits of skin care and make-up in one. Did you know the BB stands for Beauty Balm? Garnier skin perfector daily All-In-One B.B Blemish Balm Cream, £6.66, Boots.

 

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Get an instant fresh-faced glow without looking all made up. The gel based formula enhances skin with 8 benefits in 1. The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 30ml, Superdrug, £7.99.

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Made up for the new season

With a new season comes new fashion trends and that doesn’t just end with your wardrobe. Make -up trends are just as much a part of achieving ‘the look’ .

Autumn 16 has some beautiful make-up looks which are easily achieved with the right products and tools.

 

So what is in for the months ahead?

 

The lips

It is all about dark lipstick, think striking black cherry or the blackest blackcurrant.

The dark lip isn’t the easiest look to conquer but when you do it creates a beautiful statement and it even makes teeth appear whiter.

Top tip: Make sure you use the matching lip liner to ensure the colour doesn’t bleed.

If you think the dark lip is not for you then try on a tester –­ that’s what they are there for and you can find the depth which is right for you.

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Pure colour lipstick, New Look, £3.99

 

Skin

Get the radiant glow, then a bit more. Prep your skin with highlighting primers or swipe your cheeks, eyelids and cupids bow with iridescent powder.

Glowing skin will always be beautiful and this season we say goodbye to the matte look foundations and powders. Glow like a goddess.

Top Tip: Prime your face with a shimmer primer and then apply a highlighter on your cheek bones before commencing with your foundation. When your make-up is finished, swipe a highlighting powder over your cheek bones.

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Autograph Pure Luxe Powder Highlighter, M&S, £14

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Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Moisture Glow Base ­– a take anywhere, ultra-lightweight blur perfecting moisturiser bursting with hydration for up to 72 hours. From Debenhams, £34 for 40ml

 

Eyes

With Kylie Jenner’s eyeshadow kit selling out within a minute of being launched last month, draw inspiration from her pallet and use burnt orange/browns and use a thickening mascara to really open the eyes.

Top tip: Using golds, burnt oranges and earthy browns will really make your eye colour stand out. Remember to apply with a brush and then use a blending brush to softly merge the colours together.

If you find it hard to apply eyeshadow then watch tutorials on YouTube or Instagram. They are a brilliant source to learn techniques from.

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Pure Colour Envy (five-colour palette), Estee Lauder at House of Fraser, £40

 

Brows

Go for your natural but groomed look. Use a brow brush to achieve the desired look.

I can’t recommend enough how important visiting an eyebrow professional is to achieve the best brows. They will map your ideal brow shape out and use tint and wax to give you your perfect eyebrows.

Top tip: Eyebrows frame your face and are worth putting some time and money in to. Aim to visit the beauty salon once every two to three weeks.

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Brow kit including fixing gel and brush from Boots, £3.99

Hair

Texture is very much in for AW16/17 so ask your stylist for a few more mixed length layers to add dimension to the hair.

Top Tip:  Scared of having layers? Ask for your stylist to give you soft secret layers which will not change the shape of your hair but will add hidden lightness which will hold your volume more successfully.

Over-the-top hair accessories are going to be a big trend too and they are everywhere in the high street fashion stores. Add them into braids, pony tails and top buns.

 

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The autumn season’s make-up trends and over-sized hair accessories from New Look

 

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How to prolong your holiday look

Swapping your usual face make-up, drinking plenty of water and taking cool showers can all help prolong your post-holiday beauty look and suntan.

The hair and beauty experts at online retailer Hairtrade.com have researched the best ways to keep your holiday glow for as long as possible.

We all love building our tan when sunbathing abroad but it’s a devastating feeling when you notice your tan lines gradually disappearing once back in the UK.

Holidaymakers may also notice smooth and soft skin after a break away due to natural exfoliation and soft highlights in their hair after hours spent lying next to the pool.

Other tips for prolonging your holiday beauty look include making sure to moisturise every day, wearing bright coral shades and investing in a decent silver shampoo.

Joanne Dodds, from Hairtrade.com, said: “We all look and feel our best after an exotic break away, with our bleached locks and sunkissed skin.

“Looking like you’ve just stepped away from the beach is the dream look during the summer season so prolonging your post-holiday style is important. Nobody likes losing their holiday tan.

“We’ve put together some useful tips on ways to keep that holiday style going. If these are followed, say hello to a long-lasting glow. Everybody will be asking whether you enjoyed your holiday!”

Here are the top tips on prolonging your holiday beauty look:

1. Take cool showers
Sticking to cooler showers and using a moisturising shower gel helps to really lock-down your holiday colour. Hotter temperatures can dry out your skin, leading to the dreaded peeling.

2. Moisturise
The best way to really keep your tan going is by daily moisturising – both in the mornings and before going to bed. This keeps your skin feeling fresh and firm. It’s also worth investing in a useful after-sun lotion to hang on to your tan.

3. Use gradual tan
We can never really predict the British weather, especially during the summer, so no matter how long it stays sunny you won’t get in as much sunbathing as you would abroad. A way of keeping your holiday tan topped up is by using an all-over body gradual tan. This will keep your colour going for longer (and nobody will know it’s part-fake).

4. Drink lots of water
It may not be as warm outside as when you were away but carry on drinking as much water. Keeping hydrated can help prolong the life of skin cells, and will also plump and smooth the skin.

5. Coral lipstick
We all have our favourite summer shades and winter shades but coral is the perfect colour to pose in during and after your holiday. The warm red, orange and pink tones add a flash of colour to your make-up and will help bring out the colour of your tan – even if it’s starting to slightly fade.

6. Special shampoo
You may notice a change in hair colour after a week or two in the sun – exposure to the sun will slowly lighten your hair. This is because of the melanin – a pigment found in your skin and hair cells that gives each its colour. The sun will bleach the melanin found in your hair. If you quite like sporting a blonder look when back at home, keep your hair looking light and fresh with a silver or purple shampoo. This will reverse brassy and yellow tones. It’s also important to keep your hair moisturised after a week away, so that it doesn’t get too dry.

7. Exfoliate
It might seem like the last thing you should be doing but regularly exfoliating your skin while in the shower remove dull, parched surface cells and keep it looking hydrated. This is also helpful before applying gradual fake tan.

8. Statement nails
We all like getting our nails done before going off on our holidays, but why should this stop when you’re back at home? If you can’t afford regular manicures and pedicures, why not invest in your own gel nail kit and UV lamp. These can be bought at sites including Hairtrade.com and will save you lots of money in the long run.

9. Swap your face make-up
Because of the change in skin tone after your holiday, you may need to change the shades of your usual foundation, concealer and powder. To really show off your tan, ditch the heavy stuff and opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. These are lighter in texture so your glowing skin will shine through.

10. Beach waves
We all know the best hairstyle to sport while on the beach and that’s effortless boho waves. This look isn’t just for your holiday though – re-create the style with a pair of large curling tongs and a bottle of salt spray. This will add texture to your hair, just like you get from the sea, and will help create that beach waves finish.

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New spa in Shropshire

There’s a new spa in Shropshire for county women looking for a touch of pampering.sauna and steam

Luxury boutique hotel Fishmore Hall is launching its spa haven for guests in October.

The 15-bedroom Ludlow hotel, which is known for its cuisine, has partnered with British brand SPAshellTM to use innovative design and the latest technology in pod-building.

There will be four treatment rooms complete with thermal suites to boost guests’ relaxation experience with stylish and sophisticated Italian designed sauna and steam rooms.

SPAshellTM includes an outdoor vitality pool, made from beautiful cedar wood materials with bucket shower and monsoon drench showers – ideal for cooling off.Bi Rescue

British brand Elemis provide luxury spa treatments and has been selected for the new SPAshellTM at Fishmore Hall. Treatments will include the specialised Biotec treatments.

The Biotec system is scientifically designed to increase cell energy for optimum skincare function.

The eco-conscious brand has chosen low maintenance Siberian Larch Wood to clad each spa pod; with a natural resistance to decay, it blends easily and sympathetically over time with its immediate environment. The SPAshellTM will also include a living roof to blend seamlessly with the surrounding countryside.

Says Laura Penman, owner of Fishmore Hall: “The beauty of SPAshellTM is that it provides us all the elements required to create a successful spa: from design and site development stages, through to delivery and commissioning; all building works are completed off-site using the latest technology.

“There’s no need for traditional foundation-work to be done, the installation of SPAshellTM takes a matter of a few days, and there’s almost no disturbance to our existing business and our guests.

“It’s an obvious next step in our development of Fishmore Hall.”

 

Their reservations diary will be open from the 1st of September to take bookings for treatments from November.

http://www.fishmorehall.co.uk/

 

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At-home spa treatments to pamper and preen

Indulging in a spot of pampering at a spa can come at a hefty price but what many beauty fans don’t realise is that a number of popular treatments can be re-created at home.

Body scrubs, facials, lip scrubs and hair treatments can all be made using ingredients you usually find around the house – including honey, olive oil, sugar and even chocolate.

The money saving gurus at PromotionalCodes.org.uk have discovered ten luxury DIY spa treatments that can easily be whipped up in the kitchen, saving you hundreds of pounds.

Everyone loves a relaxing spa day every once in a while but many of the day venues and hotels come with whopping prices, with treatments stacking up additional costs.

For a frugal alternative, why not transform your living room into a spa for the evening and treat you and your friends to a series of homemade routines, all made from items you usually already have stocked.

A spokesperson for PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “There’s nothing better than relaxing and unwinding with an indulgent spa day but they don’t come cheap.

“If you’re still wanting a spot of pampering but are on a budget, it’s easy to transform your home into a spa for the day.

“Get your dressing gown ready, warm up some towels and take a sip of the bubbly stuff, all while enjoying a selection of DIY and bargain beauty treatments.”

Here are ten DIY spa treatments you can create at home:
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1. Lemon Glow Yoghurt Mask
There are a number of skin benefits in both lemon and yoghurt. Lemon contains alpha hydroxy acids and Vitamin C, both of which have healing properties and can help with acne scarring and inflammation. Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which can help to remove dead skin cells and reverse the signs of aging. To make a facial mask, simply combine two tablespoons of yoghurt with two drops of lemon juice and leave on for 20 minutes.

2. Honey and Olive Oil Body Moisturiser
Olive oil has been a staple among Mediterranean women for centuries as a moisturiser as it contains rich antioxidants, while honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin for great hydration. For a rich body moisturiser, mix one tablespoon of honey with three tablespoons of olive oil and slather on your arms, knees and body.

3. Rose and Coconut Bath
Don’t settle for your usual bubble bath when it’s at-home spa day – treat yourself to a sensual rose and coconut concoction. While you’re running your bath, add a few drops of rose oil and a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil – both of which can be bought at pharmacies.

4. Chocolate Face Mask
Don’t eat all of the chocolate just yet! While it may be tempting, chocolate can be extremely hydrating for the skin as well as helping with toning and lifting. To make your own face mask, mix one tablespoon of melted chocolate with one tablespoon of thick cream and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face and neck for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Olive Oil Hair Treatment
Olive oil isn’t just good for the skin – its ingredients are beneficial to both your hair and scalp. The antioxidants protect the hair follicles and the oil also penetrates the scalp and hair better than any other oil, resulting in shiny, healthy hair with improved elasticity.

6. Sugar Lip Scrub
There’s no better way to get silky smooth lips than with a gentle scrub. It couldn’t be easier to whip up your own at home – just combine some Vaseline with a heap of brown sugar and rub over your lips before applying your usual balm.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Cleanser
This type of vinegar can help restore your skin’s pH levels, which can soothe breakouts, prevent clogged pores and stop skin from becoming either too dry or too oily. Simple mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and shake well. Apply to your clean face with a cotton pad. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

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This homemade scrub is both invigorating and nourishing, and can be used all over the body. Sugar is a humectant, which can help the skin retain moisture, and also contains glycolic acid, which can help encourage cell turnover and fresh-looking skin. Honey is also beneficial for the skin as it is a gentle ingredient that helps to remove dirt. To make the scrub, mix one cup of brown sugar with three tablespoons of honey. You can also add a tiny splash of olive oil and essential oil.

9. Homemade Bath Bombs
Bath bombs look good and smell nice but they can come at hefty prices. How about giving making your own a go – you will need one cup of baking soda, half a cup of citric acid, half cup of salt, one teaspoon of water, one teaspoon of essential oil and three teaspoons of olive oil. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and all of the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Then slowly mix together, before shaping the mixture into your desired shapes and moulds – then let it dry.

10.DIY Eye Soothers
Stress and tiredness can lead to red, puffy eyes and the simple use of tea bags can be effectively soothing. Chamomile, Green and Black Tea are all anti-flammatory, with green and black tea also containing flammins. These can help reduce swelling. Simply soak two tea bags in boiled water before removing and placing in the fridge. Then place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.

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It’s goodbye shine, hello matte

Shiny, glossy lips are perfect for a daytime look but when night comes, take your lips over to the matte side and make a bold statement.

Matte lip glosses and lipsticks are available from most cosmetic companies. They are easy to apply and look great in an instant.

How to conquer the matte look:

Tip 1: Always brush teeth before applying your lip colour and stroke your tooth paste-free brush over your lips once or twice to gently exfoliate any dry skin.

Tip 2: Apply a lip balm 10 minutes before your matte lip product application, then remove all traces of the balm before putting it on.

Tip 3: Apply a concealer to your lips.

Tip 4: Use a matching lip liner, preferably the same brand as your lipstick, to successfully match the colour. Remember by using lip liner you can make your lips appear smaller or larger. Draw slightly over the line to achieve the illusion of bigger lips and just inside the line to shrink lips.

Tip 5: Apply the matte lipstick or lip gloss and give it a few seconds to dry, then repeat. Sometimes you may need to repeat again.

Once it is dry, do not apply any other products to your lips.

Matte lips feel dry and it takes some getting used to but avoid licking your lips.

Can’t get enough of the matte look? Then try the matte look nail varnish.

These are our favourite matte products:

 

a range of lip pencils (red wine), Primark, £1

a range of lip pencils (red wine), Primark, £1

Hot pink matte lipstick, Primark, £1.50

Hot pink matte lipstick, Primark, £1.50

matte nail polish in a range of colours, New Look, £2.99

matte nail polish in a range of colours, New Look, £2.99

matte velvet lip colour (cocoa), M&S, £10

matte velvet lip colour (cocoa), M&S, £10

Velvet matte lipstick crayon, New Look, £3.99

Velvet matte lipstick crayon, New Look, £3.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top tips to a successful ‘fake’ tan

Choose the safe way to tan this summer. With these top tips you can’t go wrong

‘Do It Yourself’ fake tan
I discovered Bondi Sands tan last month when shopping for a tanning lotion. After living in Bondi, Sydney a few years ago I was drawn to it and excited to try the product.

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Bondi Sands tanning foam, available from Superdrug for £9.95

I chose the light/medium because I am naturally fair skinned.

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La Maison de Senteurs Huile d’Olive body scrub, M&S, £9.50

The tan developed within an hour and I was left with a flawless tan which I could only ever achieve after a couple of weeks sunbathing on Bondi beach.

How to do it:
Step 1: Exfoliate your skin from head to toe the day before. Avoid using products which contain oils.
Step 2: Wash your skin, ensure you are 100% dry and do not use deodorant.
Step 3: Moisturise your skin focusing on areas prone to be dry, such as elbows and knees.
Step 4: Place the mitt on your hand and pump a generous amount of foam tan on to it.
Step 5: Apply to the body using stroking motions.
Step 6: Ensure everywhere is covered and leave to develop.
Step 7: Wash off after full development time. Use a mild soap.
The Salon Spray Tan
There are a range of spray tan brands which all develop slightly differently in tone, depth and smell.
Sienna X professional tan has a range of different colours to suit your skin tone. The tan should last from five to seven days.
When you book your spray tan, ask your beautician for pre-tan tips.
Sienna X spray tans are available from Violet Sky Beauty, at Holland & Co, Bridgnorth, £17.

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tanning mitt, available from M&S, £3.50

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Salon Ten marks two years of providing hair from the heart

A salon in Much Wenlock reminisces over the last two years of providing their hair loss customers with wigs which feel and look just like it was their own.

Salon Ten, which opened in High Street in 2006, has also had its top floor studio with over 200 modern and classic styled wigs in stock for past two years.

Owner Nicky Marcar has trained with the UK Wig School for Hair and completed a course in Specialist Lace Wig Making.  She said she understands how emotional it can be for her customers as they are forced to face up to the reality of losing their hair, so she wanted to create a discreet service which welcomes friends or family for support.

She said: “Venturing into wigs was a different kind of hairdressing for me, it’s the one that gets you at the heart.
“It feels good to give something back to the community as we are all touched by hair loss in some way and to watch someone walk in with their head down and walk out with their head held high makes it all worthwhile.”

Salon Ten accepts NHS prescription vouchers and collects donations for The Little Princess and Trevor Sorbie’s My New Hair charities, both of which aid and support hair loss sufferers. The salon has also raised money through events and donations for Cancer Research and MacMillan Cancer Support.

The studio caters for children and adults, it has space for the customers’ loved ones to go along for support and provides refreshments, including Salon Ten chocolates.

Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including medical treatment, poorly fitted hair extensions, stress, over processing and other natural causes.

Watch the video to hear Nicky’s thoughts on the service and see her apply one of her clients with a wig.